MON. OCT. 28, 2002
The fare at the Alamo Drafthouse is good eats, no doubt. Their “Enter the Dragon” pizza is a culinary masterpiece unsurpassed in any cinema in the state of Texas, perhaps beyond. Just try and get a Turkey and Roasted Pepper Sandwich at a Tinseltown or Cinemark. Very likely all you’ll get in return is a cocked eyebrow or a look of abject bewilderment. Fortunately for Austin, Tim and Carrie League at the Drafthouse have taken movie eats to a whole new level. Take the Chronicle’s Monday night Eat, Drink, Watch Movies screening of Like Water for Chocolate at Alamo North for instance. That evening Tim and Carrie graciously turn over their kitchen to the folks from El Meson who will create a wonderful meal to compliment Alfonso Arau’s erotically charged food flick. For the meat eaters, the menu features Quails in Rose Sauce (a purported aphrodisiac) as well as El Meson’s signature Rellenos El Nogada for the veggie minded. Also included in the night’s fare are tortilla soup, mole with totopos, holiday bread and Mexican hot chocolate (water available on request). Top that off with some sangria and Mexican beer and what you have is a big, bold cinematic fiesta. The aperitif to the evening is that while you’re enjoying El Meson’s interior Mexican specialties, you’re also raising money for the Capital Area Food Bank, which is about as close to guilt-free gorging as you’re going to get. Go ahead, it’s gluttony for a good cause.